‘Dedicated and committed’ campaigner honoured with MBE for work with cancer charity

Sue Kirk and actress Jo Joyner at the Macmillan Centenary Gala, held at the London Palladium.
Sue Kirk and actress Jo Joyner at the Macmillan Centenary Gala, held at the London Palladium.

A ‘dedicated and committed’ Boston woman is to be made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) after dedicating decades of her life to cancer care.

Sue Kirk, 69, has received her place in the latest New Year Honours for services to people affected by cancer.

Sue is the vice president and a former trustee of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Since joining the board of trustees in 1999, she has helped see Macmillan’s charitable expenditure grow from £40 million to £121.7 million.

Locally she has been fundraising with Boston and District Volunteer Fundraising Committee for 40 years, having served for a long period as chairman and currently as its vice president. In this time the Boston committee has raised more than £1.5 million.

Sue was also chairman of the Boston/Skegness Seabank Marathon fundraising event for two years, and previously, co-chairman for 33 years with a partner organisation - just one of her many local commitments to the charity, including being Macmillan’s Lincolnshire area chairman.

Sue, also chairman of Macmillan’s National Volunteer Awards Panel, said: “I am so proud to be a member of Team Macmillan. Our work is vital trying to reach everyone facing cancer, especially as this number will double in the next five years. To have my contribution recognised by Her Majesty, The Queen in bestowing on me a MBE is such an honour - I am absolutely thrilled and humbly grateful.”

Lynda Thomas, chief executive at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “I am so thrilled. Our work at Macmillan Cancer Support relies heavily on volunteers – we would not be able to carry out our work without them.

“But few volunteers are as dedicated and committed as Sue. The time she has devoted over many years to helping others, combined with her insights, knowledge and expertise, make her an exceptional volunteer who fully deserves this honour.”

A spokesman for the Cabinet Office said: “She has given many years of service to Macmillan Cancer Support and to people affected by cancer, as well as more broadly to her local community.”